Residents urged to avoid feral cats

A feral cat was found to be positive for rabies in the area of Marshall Corner Road, near McDonough High School and Rose Hill Road. The cat was male, older than 12 months old, black and white, and less than 20 pounds. Any residents who have had contact with this feline are urged to call the Charles County Department of Health Communicable Disease Health Program at 301-609-6900 for a risk assessment.

If you see a feral or unfamiliar cat, do not attempt to capture or touch it. Contact the Humane Society of Charles County (71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf) at 301-645-8181.

Rabies is a disease of animals and people, and the virus is spread through the saliva of a rapid animal. The spread of the virus usually occurs when a rapid animal bites or scratches a person or animal. The virus may get into the body through open cuts or wounds, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Domesticated animals including dogs, cats, and ferrets can obtain rabies from wild animals such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, or opossums.

Pet owners are urged to vaccinate pets against rabies. For additional information about getting your pet vaccinated, contact the Tri-County Animal Shelter (6707 Animal Shelter Road, Hughesville) at 301-932-1713 or the Humane Society of Charles County at 301-645-8181.

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